Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Under the Tree

Dr. Thomas administering an immunization
People in rural areas of Africa have limited health care options.  They are willing to walk long distances, however, to take advantage of immunizations and well-baby checkups for their children.  They may not have fancy health facilities but a sturdy tree is often a good substitute.  Weighing babies monthly is a significant tool to determine health status. The weight of a baby is tracked from birth and entered onto a growth chart that indicates the normal "Road to Health" for a baby of that age.  Babies who fall below the optimum weight level are closely tracked by the Kafwa to help the mother get the baby back on the road to health.

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